ARES Magazine Reviews The Wizard and the White House

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I just came across this recent review of The Wizard and the White House that appeared in ARES Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

The message Mr. Maggio imparts is one of fellowship and acceptance despite superficial differences. There is even empathy for the political class being driven by ambition as well as difficult circumstances and choices. Finally, Mr. Maggio also highlights the cyclical nature of life and politics as usual.

…I hope The Wizard and the White House is a harbinger of stories to come. Going into the second decade after September 11, 2001, perhaps other authors will begin to reflect and write about a time when it seemed we all lived under a long, strange spell.

A well -thought out and fair review.

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Grace Cavalieri Reviews Garden of Rain

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Grace Cavalieri, producer of "The Poet and the Poem" which airs onpublic radio from the Library of Congress, has a review of Garden 
of Rain in today's edition of The Washington Independent Review of  Books. 

Upcoming readings from Garden of Rain include Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles on August 16, Shirlington Library in Virginia on September12, and Kensington Row Bookshop in Maryland on March 30.

 

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A Poem from Garden of Rain

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Here’s a sample poem from my new collection, Garden of Rain.

truth is
i forget i love you

sometimes

i forget
the trees
we planted
in our little forest

the raindrops
we gathered
on those grey-washed days

these days

when anger clouds your face
like a frenzied storm

when selfishness
seizes me
steals me
to my perfect, lonesome hell

truth is
we think we love
when what we love
is love itself

when we forget
the you in me
the I in you

paring through this diaphany
of grief and joy
peeling away
the layers
like the skin of a wild onion
weeping
yearning
struggling to reach
the succulent core

truth is
i forget to love

i forget
that moment
un jour
habibati
mi’ amore
when at first
at last
i knew

© 2015 Mike Maggio

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A God In Ruins

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A God in Ruins, the latest novel by Kate Atkinson, is an incredible and complicated story that explores the life of one man who was changed by World War II and its aftermath. You can read my review in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Highly recommended.

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untouched victim

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In memory of those who died in 9/11

In memory of those who died in 9/11

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A Link to Last Night’s Show

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Here’s a link to the podcast and some photos from last night’s Radio Hotline with Dennis Price. Scroll down until you get to May 12th.

Enjoy.

 

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Thank You Dennis Price

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Thanks to Dennis Price for hosting the 30 for 30 Poetry Project on his show last night. It was a fun and interesting experience, as always. And thanks to Jo Balestreri, Robert Giron, Rinatt Montoya and Victoria Taylor for participating and doing a wonderful job.

A note of thanks, also, to Keri Hatch, English chair at Herndon Middle School, for escorting the students to the studio and for her efforts with the Herndon Middle School poetry contest.

Stay tuned for a link to an audio of last night’s show.

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Radio Hotline with Dennis Price

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Tonight at 8 PM ET, Dennis Price will host participants from this year’s 30 for 30 Poetry Project. Guests will include Robert Giron, Jo Balisteri, and two students from Herndon Middle School, Rinatt Montoya and Victoria Taylor as well as myself.

To listen to Radio Hotline with Dennis Price:

In Northern Virginia : Cox and Verizon digital cable channel 37

In Reston, Virginia : Comcast channel 27

Anywhere else in the world : http://www.radiofairfax.com

For mobile devices : http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Fairfax-s24818

Thanks Dennis and thanks again to all who participated in this year’s 30 for 30 Project.

 

 

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Thank you Sistah Joy

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Thanks to Sistah Joy Alford for hosting me on her program, Sojourn With Words which will air on CTV in Prince George’s County.

Sistah Joy is a tireless activist whose poetry rings and who has supported poets from all walks of life in the Washington DC area.  The city would not be the same without her.

Have a look at her web site to get a taste for all that she does.

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Upcoming Events

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On Tuesday, May 12, at 8 PM EST, Dennis Price will be hosting some of the 30 for 30 poetry project participants on his radio program on Fairfax Public Radio.  Pariciaptns include Robert Giron, Jo Balisteri, two students from Herndon Middle School, Rinatt Montoya and Victoria Taylor, as well as me.  Tune in on the Internet by going to http://www.fcac.org/radio-fairfax

And on Saturday, May 16th, I will be doing a reading at Reston Used Book Shop at 2 PM.  Hope to see you there.

 

 

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